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Monday, October 22, 2018

UN promotes campaign to end plastic pollution

United Nations, Oct 22. -Each year, the world uses up to five billion plastic bags and the environmental danger this represents centers on Monday a UN campaign to eliminate the pollution produced by that material.

Through its official Twitter account, the UN Secretary General shares this and other information on the subject, in order to draw attention and move more people to action.

From the nine billion tons of plastic produced, only nine percent is recycled, wrote Guterres and advocated the use of other storage and packaging alternatives.

Also the president of the UN General Assembly in its 73rd session joined the campaign from social networks to say no to plastic pollution that affects the oceans.

According to Twitter, micro plastics have been found in 90 percent of table salt from marine sources.

Earlier this month, the Secretary General of the UN, António Guterres, warned that the world faces an emergency due to the situation of the oceans, but its protection appears in the last of the priorities of the rulers with regard to the Objectives of Sustainable Development (ODS).

According to the recent report of the head of the United Nations, the state of the oceans has never been as alarming as now, while ODS number 14, referred to underwater life is one of the most neglected. Thus, it threw a survey of world leaders, which Guterres asked to take threats to the environment seriously because the collective future and the security of humanity are at stake.

The Secretary-General's report notes that, despite the efforts of the international community to protect and preserve the marine environment and its resources, the health of the oceans is greatly affected by pollution, including marine debris, especially plastics.

The increase in overfishing, invasive alien species, underwater noise, and the effects of climate change, ocean acidification and physical degradation also causes a lot of damage.

At present, the global oceanic heat content is at an unprecedented level, while the extent of sea ice in the Arctic and Antarctic is well below average.

Now more than ever, the international community must address ocean problems in an integrated, interdisciplinary and intersectional manner, said Guterres in his report.

If concrete and urgent measures are not taken, he added, the member states of the UN will face difficulties in reaching the goals of SDG number 14.

The oceans play an essential role because they help to regulate the global climate and constitute the main source of water that sustains all life on the planet, scientists point out.

In addition, they act as an important carbon dioxide sink, which considerably reduces the levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

TN launched a global alert and asked to give priority to the health of the oceans. (Taken from PL)